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Iranian photographer wins prize at World Press Photo contest

Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian photographer Amir Purmand won the third award in the General News Singles section of the 57th annual World Press Photo. He won the prize for his photo "Moments before the Hanging", the organizers announced on Saturday. The winners were selected from more than 90,000 images submitted to the contest.

"Moments before the Hanging" by Iranian photographer Amir Purmand
Just before a noose is put on his neck, Alireza Mafiha, 23, lays his head on an executioner's shoulder. Together with Mohammad Ali Sarvari, 20, he was convicted for stabbing a man and stealing the equivalent of $20. The pair were arrested after posting a video on YouTube showing the attack. Though their victim did not die, the judiciary convicted them of being “mohareb,” a Shiite legal term that translates as “waging war against God”, a crime that carries the death sentence.

Purmand is currently working for the Iranian Student's News Agency (ISNA).

Alessandro Penso from Italy and Moises Saman from Iraq won the first and second awards in this section respectively.

Signal, a photo taken by the American photographer John Stanmeyer was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

Signal by the American photographer John Stanmeyer
African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia-a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

Captured in Djibouti City in the Republic of Djibouti, the image depicts African migrants raising their phones under a clear night sky in an attempt to receive a signal from neighboring country Somalia - their only connection with relatives abroad.

The photos are chosen from 98,671 images submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries and 19 professional in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography that have been gathered in Amsterdam.

The winners will be honored in a touring exhibition that opens in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam on April 18 and runs until June 22.

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